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A Syrian Refugee Wedding

A Syrian Refugee Wedding

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Lauren Wolfe Source: The Nation Inside a furniture-free caravan in the Jordanian desert, sixteen women and girls and a plump boy wedge themselves in a circle around a 15-year-old girl and a woman doing her hair. The hairdresser combs through one-inch sections, spraying on a fixative before twisting them into elaborate shapes. The girl, […]

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‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

‘Take Your Portion’: A Victim Speaks Out About Rape in Syria

| June 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

by Lauren Wolfe Source: The Atlantic Alma Abdulrahman is lying gaunt and unable to move anything below her diaphragm in a hospital bed in Amman. Some bedsores have become so deep she’s having surgery tomorrow. Screws hold together her upper vertebrae, and cigarette burns pock her right shoulder. Her voice fades in and out, hoarse […]

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Little Arabia Thrives in Anaheim, Garden Grove

Little Arabia Thrives in Anaheim, Garden Grove

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Art Marroquin Source: Orange County Register/Community   Bold, curving letters emblazon the leather-bound books lining the long shelves at Jarir Bookstore in Little Arabia. The shop’s owner, Jarir Saadoun, greets customers looking for the latest Middle Eastern cookbook, historical texts, children’s tales, or novels by best-selling Algerian author Ahlam Mostaghami. Saadoun, an Orange County […]

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Breaking the Boundaries of Fear and Silence: the Struggle for Women’s Rights in Muslim Majority Societies

Breaking the Boundaries of Fear and Silence: the Struggle for Women’s Rights in Muslim Majority Societies

| June 14, 2013 | 0 Comments

By Raheel Raza Source: Women’s Voices Now   When we say we are working together in the “struggle for women’s rights in Muslim majority countries,” we presume that women DO have rights in these countries, and that we are talking about a level playing field. I would say that as girls were buried alive before […]

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Does Islam Offer the Key to Happiness?

Does Islam Offer the Key to Happiness?

| June 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

    If happiness is a state of mind, we have to question how much control we really have over it when our mind is under the influence. Islam forbids intoxicants, of course. But there is an intoxicant more powerful and dangerous than drugs or alcohol: thoughts. Surah 114, the last surah in the Qur’an, […]

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Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

Please Stop Telling Us to Abandon Islam: An Open Letter From a Muslim Reformer

| May 17, 2013 | 20 Comments

In the last two weeks, I’ve twice come across conversations where I’m either directly or indirectly encouraged toward apostasy. The first was two weeks ago, when I bumped into the fiery Nonie Darwish, and a second more sincere outcry today on Facebook from a dear lady with whom I’m in the midst of cultivating a […]

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Is Islam Really Seeking World Domination?

Is Islam Really Seeking World Domination?

| April 18, 2013 | 2 Comments

This blog was sparked by a graphic that has been circulating on Facebook, asking the simple question—is coexistence possible with Islam. . .or is it a religion bent on world domination? I read the Qur’an a number of years ago trying to establish some form of context for what I was being told about it […]

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Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

Why are Sufis Islam’s Most Deviant Heretics?

| April 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

For Sufis, there’s a thin veil between the world of man and the natural world, and it is our work to lift that veil. In that, we follow the Hermetic tradition of “as above, so below,” — something shared with Jewish mysticism. It’s our belief that the cosmic order of the heavens can be found in the smallest […]

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Why Some Muslims Don’t Celebrate Birthdays

Why Some Muslims Don’t Celebrate Birthdays

| March 1, 2013 | 1 Comment

  Some of the more fundamental types don’t celebrate birthdays with the justification that there’s no basis in Islam for it. Yet, I know plenty of the same group who celebrate the prophet’s birthday. Regardless, just because Quran didn’t explicitly speak on the subject, doesn’t mean birthdays should be crossed off. Anti-birthday types argue: “Even […]

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Why Nonsense is So Important

Why Nonsense is So Important

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

A child brings many blessings, but one that isn’t really talked about that much is how a child enables us to be child-like again. I love madness, silliness, things that don’t make sense, and just having a good time doing things other people might question my sanity for. Before you, I didn’t really do those […]

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Flicking Angels

Flicking Angels

| December 10, 2012 | 2 Comments

I was about 8 years old when I first learned about the Islamic belief in two angels on our shoulders who make note of all our thoughts and acts. Scribes, they’re called – one noting all things good, and the other all things bad. I felt quite uncomfortable with this. I thought, “I’ve already got […]

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Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

Afghan Woman Defies Gender Roles as First Village Chief

| May 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

In a male-dominated society that has for years been controlled by the ultra-conservative Taliban, the emergence of the first female village chief took everyone by surprise. After being ridiculed by male villagers for wanting to occupy political office, Zarifa Qazizadah, the mother of 15 children, managed to become the mayor of Naw Abad, a village […]

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American Leadership Ten Years After 9/11

American Leadership Ten Years After 9/11

| September 10, 2011 | 2 Comments

Liberals may joke about people who live in the sticks – the truck driving, plaid wearing variety. The type that sit on their front porch chewing a blade of grass with a shotgun resting on their lap. They may be labeled as uncultured but they definitely cannot be labeled stupid. If you trespass with intent […]

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9-11 Ten Years Later: Where Liberal Media and Muslim Narratives Fail

9-11 Ten Years Later: Where Liberal Media and Muslim Narratives Fail

| September 10, 2011 | 0 Comments

When watching G.I. Joe as a kid, I knew Cobra Commander was an inherent baddie. Of course, I was about 20 years too late for the propaganda to have any effect on me; the Cold War was long over. G.I. Joe would never survive today. And for that I feel a little at loss knowing […]

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